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Imerman Angels and AKIRA Do It Again!

On Sunday September 28th, Imerman Angels and AKIRA present Paradeisos, the 5th Annual Garden of Eden Fashion Show. Since Imerman Angels was founded in 2003, they have partnered with Akira for this event which attracts some of our town’s finest folks! Imerman Angels is one of Chicago’s most recognized charities. It was founded by Johnny Imerman and connects individuals fighting cancer with those who have survived it. 

The event is being held at Galleria Marchetti (825 West Erie, Chicago) and is slated to begin at 4:30p with the runway show to begin at 6p. Guests will be treated to live musical appearances, massages, and manicures. General tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets are also available for $75. VIP tickets include hors d’oeuvres, a private entrance and bar, VIP seating, and a gift bag. 

You can purchase tickets at AKIRA stores or online at or


KB's Journey: DC + MS

Hey, all! Happy Monday! I’m in DC this week and very excited about hanging with friends and family (once they arrive from Chicago)! This week is looking to be a busy one for me. Today and tomorrow, I will be volunteering at the Capitol chapter of the MS Society! This weekend is the huge Capital Challenge walk, a two-day, 50 K walk to raise funds for MS research and programs. I don’t know if you remember this, but I was training to participate in this walk earlier in the summer. However, due to a scheduling conflict on Saturday, I won’t be able to join the walk! Whomp, whomp :-(

I’ll be spending my days helping assemble rest stop boxes, organize signage, assemble walk packets, etc! I’m looking forward to my two days in-office, and really blessed that my company has a “Charity Days” program. Employees are allowed two days/year to volunteer at their favorite charity. Does your employer have a program like this? If so, I strongly encourage you to take advantage and use those days! A lot of nonprofits run on small budgets, so anytime they can have (free) help around the office…GREAT!

Alright, guys…I’m off to catch the Metro into the office (wow…I sounded like a true DC-er)! I’ll keep you posted on how my two days go!


Wine, Women & Shoes…Oh MY!

I saw the title of this event and immediately knew that this is my kind of soiree! The Midwest Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will host the third annual “Wine, Women & Shoes” benefit on Thursday, October 2nd. The event will be held at the River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois) and last from 6p-9:30p. Guests will be treated to four wine bars, a buffet of hors d’oeuvres, the Nordstrom shoe lounge, a silent auction, and much more! 

This event combines wine, networking, and shopping to benefit UNICEF’s Accelerated Child Survival Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to save and protect the lives of children in developing countries by strengthening their local healthcare systems.

Tickets are $85 and $185 (VIP) and can be purchased by clicking here. For more information on Accelerated Child Survival Initiative, please visit

Common and Friends Come Together For Urban Youth

 Common and Friends

On Saturday, September 27th, Common will round up some of his celebrity friends for the first annual “Start the Show N’ Bowl” benefit hosted by the Common Ground Foundation. The Common Ground Foundation was founded to support and empower urban youth. 

Common is enlisting some of his celebrity friends for a bowl-a-thon and concert. The “Common and Friends” concert will feature performances from hip-hop stars, Will.i.Am, The Roots, Talib Kweli, and soul singers Bilal and Marcia Ambrosius (of Floetry). The concert starts at 7:30p at the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn, Chicago). Tickets are available at the House of Blues box office and website.

For more information on the benefit, check out my story on my Examiner site and check out the Common Ground website.


P.S. Common is such a dreamboat :-)

The Sephora Project Helps Girls Change the World

Sephora recently launched their philanthropic initiative, The Sephora Project, by partnering with Girls for A Change (GFC). Girls for A Change is a “national organization that empowers girls to create social change,” with a focus on girls who live in low-income communities.

Sephora will partner with GFC as they embark on their nationwide tour. This tour kicks off on September 24th and will take GFC to cities to host summits, rallies, and meetings to get young women fired up about changing their lives and communities. As of now, the GFC tour won’t make a stop in Chicago, but if you’d like to learn more about Girls For A Change and how you can be involved, visit their website at

Sephora has also designed a REALLY cute tote bag which will go on sale this month in all Sephora stores. The totes are $12 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Girls for A Change. For more information on Sephora’s committment to the community, click here!



KB's Journey: The New Chicago Philanthropy Examiner!

Hey, all…I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to write for as the Chicago Philanthropy Examiner! My focus will be solely on local events and initiatives by charitable causes and organizations, and feature more galas/big ticket events.

I’m super-excited and really blessed! :-)

Visit my Examiner home by clicking here!


Benefit Social Tuesdays

Benefit TUesdays


Head on over to Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge on Tuesday, 9/30, and 10/1, and help raise money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The benefits will last from 6-9p and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and participate in a silent auction. 

Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge is located at 1324 N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park. I went past there last week while “thrifting” for handbags. It is a really nice spot to hang out and eat. Make sure to head on over there and grab a half-priced bottle of wine and enjoy the Benefit!


Chicago Fashion Foundation networking event

CFF Invite

Tonight, the Chicago Fashion Foundation will host its Annual Membership party at the W Lakeshore (644 N. Lake Shore Drive). The event will last from 6-8p and take place in Altitudes on the 33rd floor. Attendees will hear about the plans for Fashion Focus 2008 (Chicago’s Fashion Week), the 2009 CFF scholarship benefit and much more! 

The event is free for current members and $10 for non-members. For more information, please visit!


“Fashion Rocks” against cancer!



I spent the night at my sister’s house so we could do dinner, wine, and “Fashion Rocks!” Fashion Rocks is part-concert, part-fashion show, and 100% fabulous! The show featured performances by Rihanna (favorite performance), Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, and Solange (second favorite performance). Tonight marks the show’s fifth anniversary and all ticket proceeds benefitted Stand Up to Cancer.

Stand Up to Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a charitable organization, and was established by a group of media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders, whose lives have all been affected by cancer in significant ways. Stand Up To Cancer leverages industry resources, including people, television and the web, in the fight against cancer.

In addition to tonight’s Fashion Rocks show, you can also bid on select items in the Fashion Rocks charity auction on eBay. Some of the items listed include:

  • Dinner for 2 at the NY hot spot, Waverly Inn, and an autographed Vanity Fair book
  • Vanity Fair

  • An autographed Venus Williams’ tennis racquet
  • Venus

  • BCBG $1000 shopping spree gift certificate
  • BCBG

  • Tickets to the 2009 Baby Phat fashion show and a meet-and-greet with Kimora Lee Simmons (sign me up for that one!)
  • Kimora

For additional items, visit the eBay store by clicking here. The auction closes on Monday, September 15th. Happy bidding!
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